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If a link does not work, please search the web for information you are looking for, or contact our Office 330-453-9157, we may have other information or could assist in a search.


  •   -  National Federation of the Blind
  •  -  American Council of the Blind
  •  -  American Foundation for the Blind







Visual Aids for Sale

     We have a small show case of items for the Blind and Visually Impaired

     It includes, but not limited to:

  •      Talking Watches
  •      Talking Clocks
  •      Braille Paper, Slate & Stylus
  •      Raised line paper
  •      20/20 pens (felt markers)
  •     Check guides and signature guides
  •     Large Print Calendars

    Can't find what you need?  We have a couple catalogs that you can order from. 

    Now accepting MasterCard & Visa (3% service fee applies)



AND, through the generosity of others, we also have available a free loan program of CCTV's (closed circuit televisions)  A CCTV is a magnification system, a self contained unit which allows the user to magnify the item they are wishing to read onto a television or monitor to the size they need to be able to read it comfortably.  The CCTV's we have available, have been donated to the Philomatheon Society and we loan them out to individuals in need.  This is first come, first serve basis.


We have a surplus of CCTV's and are willing to sell one if anyone is interested.  Give us a call, or stop in. 

Talking Book Items           READING IS FOR EVERYONE


        The Philomatheon Society of the Blind is the sub-lending agency for the Talking Book Program which serves three counties and over 1,500 patrons.                


        The Talking Book Program is a government program that is ran by The National Library Service (NLS), part of the Library of Congress (LOC), which produces                                                        

        recorded books and magazines, braille books, and all the equipment needed for listening.


People with visual or physical handicaps can still enjoy reading through The Talking Book Program.  Talking books are available on loan to eligible readers across the country.                                                                                                              The Philomatheon Society serves the counties of *Stark, Tuscarawas,* Harrison, Holmes and Carroll counties.                                                                                                                                                                                                       *The Stark County Library and Tuscarawas County Library are now the sub-lending agencies for the program in their counties, BUT,                                                                                                                                                                         The Philomatheon Society is still available to serve ALL with their talking book needs, no matter where you are from*.


The Society is proud to have two members on the Citizen Advisory Committee at the State Library Of Ohio, Talking Book Program.  They attend quarterly meetings in Columbus to assist the State Library and the Ohio Library of the Blind and Physically Disabled (OLBPD)  in letting them know what is happening with patrons and gather information to pass onto patrons. 


Talking Books and magazines are narrated by professionals and produced on digital cartridges.  Our society loans the digital  player to the eligible patron and the books come from The Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled(OLBPD) at The Cleveland Public Library.


The talking-book program serves readers of all ages. Older adults are a big part of that group. Of the 30 million Americans over sixty-five, many are temporarily or permanently unable to read standard print due to visual loss.


What kinds of books can I get?
More than 67,000 biographies, bestsellers classics , mysteries, romances , westerns, poetry books, histories, children’s and how-to books are available. Music materials, bibliographies, catalogs, and some foreign-language titles are also circulated to eligible readers. Titles on health and fitness for seniors as well as books on retirement activities and the rights of older adults may also be borrowed.  You are also eligible to loan Described Movies from OLBPD. (Described movies have a narrator who will describe the scenes to you. Many newer movies have this feature available, check your language settings on your DVD player to see if the movie has the "Described Video" selection.)

How do I get them?
Your books will come directly from The Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at the Cleveland Public Library on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. You can participate directly from your home by postage-free mail. Books and equipment are all loaned free, and you will also receive a free bimonthly catalog of new titles. You can choose your own books or let the library pick for you.

How do I apply?  Call our office at (330)-453-9157 for more information or an application                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                         State Library of Ohio (Columbus) 614-644-6895 or 800-686-1531                                                                                

                         Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled (Cleveland) 216-623-2911 or 800-362-1261 


BARD is a free service, once a patron, you can sign up for BARD and download your own books and/or magazines on a digital cartridge for flash drive to use in your book player.  Contact the OLBPD to sign up for a BARD Account.

The Society or OLBPD can assist you in downloading books.  The Philomatheon Society has blank cartridges and mailers for $12.00, they are  4GB and can hold many books. 

You can also get BARD MOBILE on your Apple or Android device.  This makes taking your book on the go, very easy and accessible. 


Application for Scholarship:

Since 1978, The Philomatheon Society of the Blind has made a
scholarship grant available each year for a qualified visually impaired
Stark County high school senior or qualified former student.

The grant is for one thousand two-hundred and fifty dollars ($1,250.00) for each of two years of college or advance training. Any visually impaired high school senior or former student who qualifies for such a grant, may apply to The Philomatheon Society of the Blind @ 2701 W. Tuscarawas St., Canton, Ohio 44708.  Applications may be obtained by calling The Philomatheon Society of the Blind office at (330)-453-9157.

2018:  Applications for the Ann Black Scholarship have been mailed to Stark County High Schools in January,  with a return deadline in February.  Applicants will be notified of the Selection Committees decision in March

We would appreciate it if the school principal or counselor could assist the student in completing and returning the application.


If you are interested in more information regarding the Ann Black Scholarship, please contact our office (330)453-9157 for information or an application.

**VISUALLY IMPAIRED/LEGALLY BLIND: The term "Blind Individual" means an individual whose central visual acuity does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye, with correcting lenses, or whose visual acuity is greater than 20/200 but is accompanied by a limitation in the fields of vision, such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees. (Section 23 (y) of the Revenue Act of 1944).


The 2012 Ann Black Scholarship was awarded to a young man from North Canton Hoover High School he is attending the University of Mount Union.

The 2013 Ann Black Scholarship was awarded to a young woman from Lake High School and she plans on attending OSU.

The 2014 Ann Black Scholarship has been awarded to a young woman from McKinley High School, she will be attending Malone University.

2015, 2016, & 2017 - no scholarship issued. 

CONGRADUATIONS to all of these deserving young people.  If you are interest in receiving an application, please give us a call and we will add you to our mailing list.